Writing and English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

Course summary

Develop as a creative and professional writer while exploring the writing that has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies by studying our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Join a course that scored 92% for Academic Support in the National Student Survey 2023. Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else. You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students. You’ll also find out how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences individual readers and the whole of society. You’ll also learn about many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art, which will enrich your writing. Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your abilities as a writer. You can tailor your Writing and English Literature degree to your ideal career with our wide range of optional modules, including work-based modules in Years 2 and 3. We’ll support you to find work placements relevant to your chosen career, and you’ll have opportunities to take part in live briefs with our partner organisations. Some of our students recently worked with Slow Theatre Company, producing a series plays for their Women in Red Wiki project to increase awareness of the under-representation of women on Wikipedia. Our course options also allow you to take a placement year as part of your course. You’ll also have the option to learn a language with our Anglia Language Programme in Years 2 and 3, and/or study abroad for a semester and apply for funding to help cover the cost. You’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork, all of which can help you start a career in many different areas. The impact of our English Language & Literature research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Outstanding student support Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
  • make the most of studying in the picturesque city of Cambridge, with its wealth of literary connections and opportunities
Careers Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature students go on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration. The literacy, creativity, problem-solving, research, analysis and communication skills our Writing and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team. You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature or Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees. Employability and personal career development Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules. You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.


Year 1 core modules: A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters; A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory; Introduction to Imaginative Writing; Screenwriting: The Short Film; Fundamentals of Publishing. Year 2 core modules: Writing Short Fiction; Romantic Conflicts; Victorian Literature and Culture; Writing for the Stage; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Reading Beyond Britain; Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; Science Fiction; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; The European Novel: Desire and Transgression; Modernism and the City; History of English; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; Careers in Writing: Editing and Copywriting; Writing Creative Non-Fiction; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Writing Poetry; Contemporary Fiction. Year 4 optional modules: Major Project Writing; Major Project English Literature; Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës; Renaissance Magic; Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama; Careers with English; Romantic Ideals; New Media Discourse; Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self; Film Journalism; Theorising Children's Literature; Anglia Language Programme; Worldbuilding 1 and 2; Publishing in Practice; The Business of Being a Writer: Craft and Professional Practice; Novel Writing: Long-Form Prose. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of your course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in 'crits', in which you’ll present and defend your work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2025 entry requirements have been published using the current cycle information however, due to a current review these are subject to change. Please check back here for updates.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1,400. https://www.aru.ac.uk/student-life/preparing-for-university/help-with-finances
Writing and English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS